Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Carpet and Indoor Air: Lew Migliore Sets Story Straight

Carpet and Indoor Air: Lew Migliore Sets Story Straight

Industry Expert Lew Migliore Sets the Story Straight About Carpet and Indoor Air

Here’s the Truth from an Industry Expert:

Lew Migliore is one of my favorite carpet people, and one of my favorite things to hear is how Lew reacts to folks he doesn’t agree with who set themselves up as experts on carpet. In his September 12, 2011 “claims file”column that appeared in Floor Covering News, Lew takes the consumer affairs columnist from the Chattanooga, Tennessee newspaper to task for her article on carpet installation.

Lew’s column takes the Chattanooga writer’s article apart point by point, and points readers to the correct information for installing carpet, choosing pad and assessing the condition of the subfloor that is located on the Carpet and Rug Institute’s website.

It’s Lew’s reaction to the woman’s advice to consumers to open their windows for several hours after carpet is installed that I find entertaining. If you know Lew, you can just hear him saying this stuff - New York accent and all.

“Where do these people get their information?

And the kicker, verbatim: “When the new carpeting is down to your satisfaction, leave the house for several hours so the fumes dissipate.”

Come on, really? Do you leave the house after painting, or replacing a toilet or cleaning the bathroom with all sorts of chemicals and using drain cleaner? Ludicrous!

…Specifications for installing carpet can be found online at carpet-rug.org, the official site of the Carpet & Rug Institute, which covers all aspects of installation including cushion, substrate conditions, new carpet odor, tackstrip, etc.

Expert advice?

Are her other books as well researched as carpet installation, I wonder? Wouldn’t make me want to go out and buy them. If you’re going to write on a subject and pass yourself off as an authority who people look to for the truth, you’d better know what you’re talking about.”

You said it, Lew. Thanks

~ Bethany


Floor Covering News said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Lew brings up an excellent point that so-called experts make claims that "serve to lock readers into a figure that may be unrealistic."
It is important to dispel these myths in order to keep a level of transparency with the consumer that she has grown to expect.
Great post Bethany!

Bethany said...

Thanks for the compliment, but Lew gets the credit!

Noel said...

Loved the article and appreciate your sharing! I do disagree with Lew regarding the subflooring, though. In my own home, I recently pulled up my old carpet and had not realized that there was pet urine in the corner. We installed a different type of carpet and pad -and, whoo-whee!- did that urine smell ever become obvious! We pulled up the carpet and pad in that corner and treat the floor with Killz. That didn't work. We ended up having to replace that section of subflooring when nothing at all would fix that problem.

I've also seen customers completely oblivious to the fact that if their carpet was ruined by severe water-damage, the pad would need to be replaced, too. It seems equally probable that they wouldn't think to check their subflooring for water damage, either.

So I do appreciate the advice to eyeball the subflooring before putting new flooring in. I suspect the author was trying to be quirky and funny by referring to mold as "pouncing," but the idea that there might have been damage sustained by the subflooring is not incorrect, in my experience.

Aside from that, I'm curious about this issue with carpet fumes. I've seen a lot of concern over that, and am asked about it periodically by our customers. I wonder what the origins are of this idea of carpet needing to "breathe" or "de-gas" when it is unrolled? I like the comparisons Lew gave to other products, and how we don't worry about the chemicals in the air from those installations.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Noel,

Thank you for your comment. You are correct in your statement that at times the subfloor will be problematic. The urine issue is very common on wood subfloors especially when a home is purchased and the carpet is replaced. Best way to handle this is to replace the affected area, as you suggest. These are hidden conditions as is the pad situation you mentioned. Lew Migliore lgmtcs@optilink.us

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